The artist creates 'activated situations' in her practice. These involve projects, sited within the public domain, that question the habits, behaviour and opinions of individuals and society in general. Her projects cause a disruption in the everyday flow of events that force us to reassess our understanding of accepted codes of behaviour, value systems and social conditioning.
Elin WikstrÃ¶m creates 'activated situations' in her practice. These involve
projects, sited within the public domain, that question the habits,
behaviour and opinions of individuals and society in general. Her projects
cause a disruption in the everyday flow of events that force us to reassess
our understanding of accepted codes of behaviour, value systems and social
WikstrÃ¶m's projects often centre around a form of transaction or exchange. For example, a recent project (made for the exhibition Money at the Kulterhuset in Stockholm) looked at the symbolic significance of money as a means of exchange, value and control. What Does the Figure Say involved the artist counting one hundred kronor notes throughout the 43 days of the exhibition. This action could be observed by visitors to the gallery on a monitor, while it was also possible to follow the count on a website. The artist stopped counting at 10,294,000. However, it was unclear as to whether WikstrÃ¶m had been counting the same block of bills over and over again, or if she had actually amassed that amount of money during the project. Through the suggestion of a sleight of hand, the project questioned our belief that economics is an exact science or natural law. WikstrÃ¶m demonstrated that the trust that we put in numbers, counting and accountancy is absurd, as figures reveal nothing about the value of people, objects and events.
WilkstrÃ¶m has recently made projects for DCA, Dundee, and Moderna Museet Stockholm. Her project for The Showroom will be her first solo show in London. Elin WikstrÃ¶m lives in Gothenburg and is currently guest professor to the College of Fine Art, UmeÃ¥ University, Sweden.
For further information please contact Kirsty Ogg or Bridget Crone at The Showroom on 020 8983 4115.
The Showroom is financially assisted by Arts Council England, London Office. Project supported by the Academy of Fine Art, Umea University, Sweden. Opening sponsored by Hoegaarden.
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